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It’s a Battle of the Bridge with a geographical twist, as the Sydney Swans play the GWS Giants at Perth’s Optus Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores from 8:10pm.
As far as 2020 goes, tonight’s clash between the two New South Wales sides is a strange one. The two other major rivalries contested thus far (the Western Derby and Adelaide Showdown) have been played in those match-ups’ home states. The Sydney duo, though, are to play their game across the nation in the Perth hub. Fortunately, both have avoided short breaks heading into the clash, with the teams afforded byes last week.
Before the byes, it was eighth-placed GWS who held better form. They’ve won their last three clashes, including a controversial win over Essendon and a 12-point victory against reigning premiers Richmond. Their spot in the eight is far from secure, though, making it important they don’t slip up here.
Sydney have been in woeful form, with their only win from previous five starts coming over a similarly lowly Hawthorn outfit. They did show some spirit in a nine-point loss to Collingwood in their latest clash, but a bottom-four spot beckons for John Longmire’s team.
Leon Cameron’s squad have won the past three meetings between these two sides, including a two-point win last August. Neither have positive win-loss records at Optus; the Swans have split their two games here and the Giants have never been victorious at the ground.
GWS will not have the services of Shane Mumford and Phil Davis, who misses with a knee injury, with Sam Jacobs and debutant Tom Hutchesson the replacements. Aliir Aliir and Elijah Taylor are two of a trio of departing Swans, with Nick Blakey the most prominent inclusion.
Opening bounce: 8:10pm (AEST)
Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth
TV: Fox Sports, Seven (NSW only)
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass
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HB: J.Lloyd, J.Thurlow, J.Dawson
C: H.Cunningham, L.Parker, O.Florent
HF: W.Hayward, T.McCartin, J.Bell
F: T.Papley, S.Reid, S.Wicks
Foll: C.Sinclair, J.Rowbottom, C.Mills
Bench: N.Blakey, R.Fox, Z.Foot, D.Stephens
Emergencies: S.Gray, C.Warner, R.Clarke, H.McLean
B: H.Shaw, L.Keefe, A.Corr
HB: Z.Williams, N.Haynes, L.Ash
C: J.Caldwell, S.Coniglio, H.Perryman
HF: Z.Langdon, J.Cameron, L.Whitfield
F: B.Daniels, H.Himmelberg, J.Finlayson
Foll: S.Jacobs, J.Kelly, T.Taranto
Bench: J.Hopper, C.Ward, T.Hutchesson, X.O’Halloran
Emergencies: J.Riccardi, C.Idun, A.Kennedy, S.Mumford